INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe's Economic Planning Minister Dr.
GV & PAN Squatter camp in Chitungwiza
GV People outside hut
GV Man using sewing machine
LV Car parked near camp
GV & PAN Women preparing food & CU child (2 shots)
SV Children ZOOM IN SV child taking bath
GV & PAN Camp buildings
SV & PAN Pupils at government school at Chitungwiza
SV Minister Chidzero speaking
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(SEQ. 9) CHIDZERO: "We believe that Zimbabwe can rightfully call on the international community for assistance for a variety of reason. First, we have just come out of a war which lasted nearly eight years, which wreaked a great deal of damage to the economy. On both sides, the combatants were responsible, and I think there's a case for reconstructing the economy. Now, it might be argued, of course, that it was something of a civil war, a war of liberation. Why should the international community be asked to do so? But the fact of the matter of Independence, and by the relative lack of effective action on the part of the international community to prevent that taking place."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe's Economic Planning Minister Dr. Bernard Chidzero warned on Friday (20 March) that his country faced continued revolution it failed to achieve fast economic growth. Doctor Chidzero was speaking to newsmen about prospects for raising two billion United States dollars over the next three years. An international conference is being held in Salisbury next week to raise aid for the former British colony.
SYNOPSIS: Zimbabwe has been beset with problems since the seven-year internal war ended in December 1979 with a British-sponsored ceasefire. The government wants a huge land resettlement programme to ease the plight of more than 650-thousand land-hungry peasant farmers living in over-cultivated and overgrazed reserves.
The government believes severe problems would arise if the demand for land was not satisfied. At present, just over five thousand white farmers own most of the country's best land from which they feed most of the nation.
Apart from coping with inflation, the government has had to overspend on health, defence and education. With so many people concentrated in makeshift camps, school accommodation has become an enormous problem. More than 1,800 children are crammed into this Chitungwiza school, built to cater for only 900. Representatives from 28 countries will be at next week meeting. Dr. Chidzero hopes the World Bank and United Nations agencies will help ease the problems.